MMA fighter who punched man ‘masturbating in front of her’ says she can’t SLEEP

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Joyce and a pal were taking photos in Brazil, near Rio, when the incident occurred.

Jolene Viana Ferreira, 26, is alleged to have masturbated in front on her.

Video footage then shows Joyce approaching the man and punching him.

Ferreira was arrested on suspicion of an “obscene act”, before he was later released.

But Joyce said the incident was “traumatising” and had struggled to sleep.

She said: “Yes, because he could be the same way he was with me with someone’s daughter or granddaughter. This could end up affecting a whole family because it is traumatising.

MMA fighter Joyce Vieira can’t sleep after ‘man masturbated in view’

HORROR: MMA fighter Joyce Vieira says she can’t sleep after ‘man masturbated in view’ (Pic: GOLDERS/INSTAGRAM/@EUJOYCEVIEIRA)

“It affected my life, more because I had that reaction, I didn’t put my head down and I faced up to him”

Vieira

“It affected my life, more because I had that reaction, I didn’t put my head down and I faced up to him.

“For a whole week I slept and woke up with the scene in my head.”

Asked if she’d seen the alleged culprit, Joyce said: “No, until now I haven’t thought about what my reaction will be if I see him in the street.

“To be honest it’s very difficult because until today I have suffered a bit from looks from men looking down their noses at me in training because I’m a woman.

“But that’s just fuel for me and I want to stay and fight more and more every day for the love that fighting awoke in me.

Joyce Vieira

TOUGH: Joyce posts intense training sessions online (Pic: GOLDERS/INSTAGRAM/EUJOYCEVIEIRA)

Joyce Vieira

FURY: Joyce punched the alleged culprit in rage (Pic: GOLDERS/INSTAGRAM/@EUJOYCEVIEIRA)

“I’m a feminist and after all this, I’m going to embrace the cause with everything. 

“It’s the first type of harassment like that which I have faced but I have to suffer sexism every day.”

The Civil Police told reporters the suspect had claimed he “was urinating” on the beach before Vieira approached him.

The Inspector Specialised in Attending to Women in Cabo Frio, Juliana Rattes, said the case will be taken to the Public Ministry “who will act together with Special Criminal Court”.

MMA fighter Vieira, 27, who is a specialist in Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu, often posts videos of her intense training sessions online.

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